Hundreds Turn Out to Hear Plans for Ocean Springs Developments

"We want to implement codes that are going to reduce our insurance costs, not just for those who live on the waterfront, but for everyone. We want to build back safe, but at the same time we want that delicate balance with progress and preservation," Mayor Connie Moran told the crowd.

Mayor Moran highlighted results from waterview surveys the city sent out prior to the meeting and talked about plans for waterfront development, including Fort Maurepas.

"This shows Fort Maurepas. We're not going to build back what we had before. What we're looking at is a short wall and an open green space for family fun and games," Mayor Moran said.

Mayor Moran also talked about plans for three parks in the city as well as using grant money for a streetscape project to dress up Washington Avenue and Government Street. Architect Frank Genzer outlined plans for a new Yacht Club at Front Beach and addressed concerns from one person in the crowd about preserving live oaks on the property.

"Live oaks are on the perimeter. We are relocating live oaks. We have contracted with a tree company and are working through a preservation of the oaks right now," Genzer said.

At the end of the meeting, residents voiced their concerns about the proposed developments, citing potential traffic problems and the height of certain projects. The mayor says the purpose of the meeting was to give citizens an overview of private and public projects that are being considered, and comments from the meeting would be taken into consideration.